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Diagnostics are critical to personalized medicine, and recognized as an independent and distinct discipline. With current significant advances in technology, diagnostics play a critical role in every aspect of the health care system, from pharmaceutical drug development to patient treatment. The International School of Biomedical Diagnostics (ISBD) serves as a global center for research, teaching and service that pulls expertise from faculty members at Arizona State University in collaboration with Dublin City University (DCU), and industry partner Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.
The school’s U.S. and European bases are home to diagnostic research centers in each region. In the U.S., Arizona is a growing academic and industrial hub for diagnostics; it is home to the largest U.S. diagnostics laboratories and nonprofit institutes, as well as innovative diagnostic companies. ASU is a leader in the field, with its Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics and the National Biomarker Development Alliance.
In Ireland, DCU hosts the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, a world-class multidisciplinary research institute focused on the development of next-generation point-of-care biomedical diagnostic devices. Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the institute addresses major clinical challenges informed by the partnership of clinicians, scientists and industry. Building on ASU’s strong partnership with DCU, and their work with Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., this initiative is at the cutting edge in establishing diagnostics as an independent discipline.
The international school, led by Director George Runger, is a prime example of ASU's transdisciplinary approach. It draws from multiple assets at each institution: at DCU, the school builds upon the award-winning Master of Science in Biomedical Diagnostics program based at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, and upon expertise from faculty in science and health, engineering and computing, and DCU's Business School. At ASU, school faculty collaborate across the Biodesign Institute, the School of Life Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Health Solutions, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the W. P. Carey School of Business, and the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes.